No flips for you!
It's telling that you continued with your strawman while snipping out the rest of my post where I address many of the points you continue to raise. Including that the quoted statement above is just fine.You call it a strawman, but it has the exact same 5 words as my example of "Dodge attacks, but don't move".
Sigh, already said, man. Maybe if you read my posts, you could save time arguing against points I haven't made.You don't have an official definition of how many words are in a brief utterance. In real life, someone can both do actions and talk. So, most people would assume that PCs and NPCs can say in combat what can be said in real life in 6 seconds. In real life, normal conversation is about 11 to 14 words in 6 seconds. So, 5 words is more than reasonable. It could even be called a brief utterance.
It is RAW that you can only use brief utterences in combat. Nothing in conjure spells changes this. You can't say that an exception might exist because the rules don't explicitly say an exception doesn't exist.Strawman or no strawman, your interpretation of the brief utterance phrase is not actually RAW with regard to what commands can be given with the Conjure Animals spell, rather it is merely the interpretation that supports your rules restraint preference.
Message says brief message, so.... I've never had animal messenger cast in combat. It also has a long duration, so you can cast the spell on 6 seconds (some fraction thereof, really), sure, but the effect is you choose a messenger, specify a recipient/location, speak your message up to 25 words, have it delivered (or not, deoending). All of those are the effect of casting, so praytell which occurs on 6 seconds?I seriously doubt that you would limit the Message spell, or Animal Messenger, or any other spell that allows for words to be spoken. In 6 seconds, Animal Messenger allows for 25 words. Magic. Conjure Animals allows for verbal commands. Magic.
Regardless, if you do assume this is a specific exception, then it's entirely missing from conjure spells, meaning that you've misplaced your petard and have been hoisted.
Limiting verbal commands does sound like a rat bastard DM move.[/QUOTE]
And, bring up more strawmen, like animal messenger. You can read that as a specific exception, but it then wouldn't translate at all to conjures. Watch how you place your petards.
Personally, I've never had animal messenger used in combat , so this isn't something I care about. If it ever is, I'll adjudicate it then based on the situation.